New York: 1928.
Sepia-tone 10 x 8-inch portrait image of Robeson by Elite Studios, New York, circa 1928, signed to playwright George Kaufman: "To G.K., All best wishes. Damn sorry to leave - see you soon." Note: In 1927 Jerome Kern acquired the rights to make a musical adaptation of Edna Ferber's book "Showboat." In the early developmental stages, Kern met with Ferber (who brought along her pal and collaborator George Kaufman) and soon thereafter it was agreed that the part of "Joe" would be written specifically for Paul Robeson. Robeson was slated to appear in the New York premier of "Showboat" in 1927, but it was twice cancelled and prior commitments made it impossible for him to reschedule. In 1928 Robeson finally played "Joe" in the London production at the Theater Royal, Drury Lane, and his rendition of "Ol' Man River" became the benchmark for all future performers of the song. This photograph was signed by Robeson just days before he left the states for the English tour of "Showboat." Near fine condition.
Acclaimed African-American bass singer and actor who became a prominent figure with the International Civil Rights Movement.
Condition: Near Fine